The 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Free/State assembles a group of 25 artists who are fearless; the provocateurs, vanguards and outsiders – challenging histories and art forms, and in the process, offering reflections on an era of multi-faceted global upheaval. The exhibition explores ideas of transcending states, from the spiritual and artistic to the psychological, and embraces notions of freedom in expression, creation and collaboration.

Delivering new and unexpected visions of transformative personal and public moments, in mediums spanning photography, painting, sculpture, installation and the moving image, Free/State presents a multi-generational collective of artists hailing from every Australian state and territory.

As curator Sebastian Goldspink explains, ‘Each of these artists is emblematic of the many divergent facets of contemporary Australian art. Diversity is embraced and celebrated in Free/State and the exhibition is reflective of a nation still in the throes of grappling with its past and defining its future.'

Key Dates

Exhibition Season | 4 March – 5 June 2022
Media Preview | 3 March 2022, 11am
Vernissage Weekend | 4 – 6 March 2022

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Media Contacts

Lindsay Ferris, Head of Communications, Art Gallery of South Australia
Ferris.Lindsay@artgallery.sa.gov.au | +61 8 8207 7156 | +61 405 046 116

Elisabeth Alexander, Communications Officer, Art Gallery of South Australia
Alexander.Elisabeth@artgallery.sa.gov.au | +61 8 8207 7402 | +61 404 934 779

installation view: 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Free/State, featuring The Wine Dark Sea by Stanislava Pinchuk, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; photo: Saul Steed.

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Presented in association with the Adelaide Festival, and with generous support received from the Art Gallery of South Australia Biennial Ambassadors Program and Principal Donor The Balnaves Foundation

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments

With thanks also to Exhibition Partners Copyright Agency, Yalumba and Jansz, and the City of Adelaide

Principal Donor
  • The Balnaves Foundation
In Association with
  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • Government of South Australia
  • South Australian Tourism Commission
  • Adelaide Festival
Exhibition Partner
  • Copyright Agency Cultural Fund